Business awards for the week of Dec. 28

Kenny Burdine
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▪ The International Association of Chiefs of Police has awarded the 2015 Excellence in Victim Services Award to the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff to recognize the exemplary and innovative services provided to victims of crime. The award recognizes agencies that utilize best practices, such as effective partnerships, training methods and performance monitoring tools to place victims at the center of their problem-solving strategies.

The National Sheriffs’ Association awarded its 2015 Crime Victim Services Award to the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff during the summer. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement by a sheriff’s office in support of victims.” The NSA established the award in 2005 to focus national and local attention on law enforcement services to victims of crime, in recognition of the unique needs of crime victims, and to promote assistance by law enforcement as early as possible in the response process.

▪  Kenny Burdine, an extension livestock economist and assistant extension professor at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been named recipient of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 30th annual Farm Public Relations Award.

Burdine, a native of Jessamine County, has worked at UK for 15 years. During this time, he has traveled the state conducting educational programs for beef, dairy, equine and forage producers in the areas of market outlook, profitability and risk management. He also has been a regular speaker at livestock programs outside of the state.

In addition to his extension work, Burdine teaches a livestock marketing course in the UK Department of Agricultural Economics.

▪  Community Trust Bank has received the Gold Lender Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration as Kentucky's top community bank SBA 7a lender in 2014-15. This is the seventh consecutive year Community Trust has received this award from the SBA.

In the past six federal fiscal years, SBA has authorized more SBA 7a loans in Kentucky for Community Trust Bank than for any lender. During the past seven fiscal years, Community Trust has closed more than 600 SBA 7a and 504 loans, providing more than $100 million for small businesses in the communities it serves.

During the most recent fiscal year, Community Trust Bank closed or increased 101 SBA 7a and 504 loans, representing $19,504,586. In Kentucky, the bank closed or increased 90 loans, totaling $15,694,300.

These individual top lenders were recognized:

Bob Watson, Versailles, top SBA lender for Community Trust Bank in the number of loans for the seventh consecutive year. Watson closed or increased 20 SBA loans for $1,112,000.

Steve Belcher, Pikeville, had the highest dollar amount of SBA loans, with two loans for $5,037,000.

▪  Lucia’s World Emporium and Habitat for Humanity are the winners of Lexington’s 2015 Green Business Challenge. The challenge, organized nationally by the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI, is designed to improve community sustainability by providing tools and technical support for businesses that wish to incorporate green practices into their operations. Habitat won in the property owner category; Lucia’s won in the leased space category.

Each received a certificate and a $1,000 gift card from Office Depot.

Ken Lennon, an Office Depot representative, said, “Lexington is one of only four cities in the United States to be selected for the grant offered by Office Depot through ICLEI in 2015.”

This is the fifth year that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has participated in the challenge with Bluegrass Greensource managing the program.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo